Separate X Sessions with Dual Monitors

Christopher Lemire christopher.lemire at
Wed Aug 11 19:23:41 UTC 2010

On Thu, Aug 5, 2010 at 8:13 AM, Patrick Doyle <wpdster at> wrote:

> On Thu, Aug 5, 2010 at 7:26 AM, Christopher Lemire
> <christopher.lemire at> wrote:
> > Hello, I would like to, instead of using TwinView, have two separate X
> > screens. I had done it in the past, and I had two instances of Gnome
> > running. I would like to do it with two separate Desktop Environments
> such
> > as Gnome on one monitor and Xmonad on the other. I've tried googling
> several
> > different terms, and I could not find anybody attempting this. Can
> anybody
> > give me some insight on how it works or how to do this?
> >
> Do you have a separate keyboard & mouse (or any input device) for that
> separate X screen?

No, I do not. I was under the assumption that I could switch between
displays using the same pair of keyboard + mouse. Is that not the case?

> Regardless, what you want to do (which you perhaps already know, in
> which case this response will be pretty useless to you) is to start an
> X server on :1, somehow configuring it so that it uses the 2nd
> display, keyboard, and mouse.
> Unfortunately, I don't know how to do that.  (I warned you this email
> would be pretty useless).  I'm also wondering if/how well it will work
> if you have a single video card (as opposed to 2 separate video
> cards).

I have been able to get 2 separate X screens working through the gui
nvidia-settings that comes with the nvidia driver. However they are both

> Hmmm... I'm thinking this response is even less helpful than I thought
> it would be.  And I have very low standards!
> --wpd
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